New billing system makes your employer your ISP

Employers who allow Internet access in the office now have the option of charging employees for personal bandwidth thanks to a new system developed by Exinda Networks. According to an article, the billing system allows a company to monitor exactly which Web sites are visited by each employee and how much bandwidth has been used.

Employers who allow Internet access in the office now have the option of charging employees for personal bandwidth thanks to a new system developed by Exinda Networks. According to an article, the billing system allows a company to monitor exactly which Web sites are visited by each employee and how much bandwidth has been used.

While it's mainly intended to stop the most abusive Net users, such as those downloading pirated movies, it would not get the warmest welcome in the workplace. At worst it can choke up the accounting department dealing with expense claims from workers arguing legitimate usage, not to mention the ensuing itemization nightmare.

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